Actors needed for drama

2018-02-06 06:00

An excited screenwriter from Grassy Park is calling on interested individuals and local schools to come forward to help make her script, written almost 15 year ago, a reality.

Fayrooz Johnson from Willow Way says she is in the final stages of her budget to accommodate all participants on set. The drama, which is set to be filmed in Bo-Kaap, will look into various religions trying to find their common humanity. The drama tells the story of a young Muslim boy who goes to Islamic classes without his religious headwear. His teacher denies him entry into the classroom unless he returns with his kufiya. “The angry boy goes home and seeks answers from his parents as to why he cannot go to school without the kufiya. The parents, not knowing what to say, call on the imaam, who says he is too busy to answer the question,” she explains.

“The imaam then calls on a rabbi to ask why Jews wear the yarmulke. He too cannot explain and calls on a bishop to ask about Christian headgear. And so the drama continues, with the boy discovering the true meaning of each religious tradition. On his journey he discovers that many children are being killed in the Middle East, particularly in Palestine, for wearing the kufiya.”

Johnson says the drama is set to feature various religious sites in the city, including churches, mosques and synagogues. “It’s a beautiful story, also looking at how a child in Palestine walks in parallel with a child of South Africa. In the discovery made along the way, Christians, Jews and Muslims all discover the true meaning under the hats they wear,” she says. “This story was written a very long time ago and I am finally able to put it out there with the hopes of using it as a way forward to educate the public. I am calling on schools and interested individuals, including camera operators and actors, to come forward in this regard.”

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